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The 2022 Philly High School Fair provided thousands of families with support and resources to explore school options

By Malarie Grace, GreatPhillySchools Manager

For the first time since 2019, families had the opportunity to meet with over 100 public district, public charter, and private high schools in one place to find the right school for their family. Approximately 6,000 individuals attended the fair, and learned about navigating the high school selection process and the available school options. School representatives, both school staff and current high school students from each school, were present to provide one-on-one support, answer questions, and help students apply right there on the spot.

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Philadelphia has some great high schools that offer families and students experiences and opportunities that set them up for success in college, career, and beyond. The fair serves as a showcase for the many great schools, the talented educators, and opportunities that are available across our city.

With about 17,000 8th graders in Philadelphia, it is critical that we empower families with the resources and tools to explore their options and pursue the school that will best fit their needs. It was great to see the city come together for this important event, and we look forward to making Philadelphia’s largest education event even better for families next year.

What We Heard at the Fair

Check out this story below. Now, imagine hundreds of these interactions happening at the same time! Over the course of the two-day fair, the constant sound of joy and support for students and schools reverberated from the PA Convention Center. It was truly a sight to be seen and heard!

Lincoln High School Principal Jack Nelson asks a student at the fair, “What do you love to do?”

“Video games,” the student answers and sheepishly looks over at his mom. “AP classes,” she reminds her son.

“Don’t worry, mom. We can do both!” Principal Nelson explains that Lincoln has a gaming club that will be competing nationally this year. Lincoln also has AP classes that students start being eligible for as early as freshman year.

Thank you to all the students, families, school staff and volunteers who made the 2022 Philly High School Fair any amazing education event!

Families that were unable to attend the in-person fair can still visit the virtual fair at or for information about schools and how to apply.